Injuries claim four starters in game against Redwings
Marian Central went into its first conference game of the season against rival Benet Academy hoping to maintain its momentum from the previous two games.
Coming off a 55-0 win in Columbus, Wis., a game in which the team tallied 275 rushing yards and 198 passing yards, it was easy to see why the team had high spirits.
But it was not to be for the Hurricanes, who, plagued by turnovers and injuries, fell 27-0 to the Redwings.
During the first quarter, the Redwings scored 17 unanswered points. By the half, Benet was up another seven points, and Marian was down two key players.
Brian Niemasek was already injured and out of the game when senior quarterback Gavin Scott suffered a knee injury, taking him out of play also. Scott had led his team in rushing with over 300 yards on the season. And the hits kept coming. Sophomore Patsy Ricciardi filled in as backup quarterback, and he too was sidelined with an injury by the half.
AJ Golembewski, a senior wide receiver and backup quarterback, completed three of six passing attempts for 27 yards total.
“We weren’t very productive offensively. We turned the ball over way too many times,” Hurricanes head coach Mike Maloney wrote in an email.
Luke Rogers, a sophomore, led the team in rushing with 66 yards on 15 attempts.
“Luke was consistent at tailback with Niemaszek out in the first quarter,” Maloney wrote.
Maloney added that the effort from Rogers wasn’t surprising, though. “All of our kids work hard when their opportunities come.”
Senior Cameron Interrante returned a kick for 50 yards. The special teams play may have been one of the only bright spots on a dark night for the Hurricanes.
Before the end of the game, sophomore lineman Jayden Thiergood also was out with an injury, adding further heartache for the ’Canes.
Both Scott and Niemaszek were awaiting evaluation Monday, but as of press time it appears that Marian will be down four offensive starting players. With second-string quarterback Ricciardi out and if Scott is also unable to play, Golembewski is the probable starter on quarterback.
Marian returns home to face the defending East Suburban Catholic Conference champion, Marist, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.